Kiel-Neumühlen-Dietrichsdorf water tower

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Kiel-Neumühlen-Dietrichsdorf water tower
Water tower
Monument protection: Cultural monument
Construction year: 1905
Tower height: 20.5 m
Usable height: 17.3 m
Container type:
Volume of the container: 200 m³
Operating condition: Out of service
Original use: Water supply of the place
Todays use: Temporarily for exhibitions and events

The water tower in Kiel-Neumühlen-Dietrichsdorf stands on the Moorberg next to the Toni-Jensen comprehensive school, which was founded in 1989. It was built in 1905 and is today the landmark and center of the residential area on Masurenring. The housing association acquired it from the municipal utilities in 1988, but has since been handed over to another provider.


The Berlin royal court engineer David Grove designed the construction plans for the 20 m high tower. The brick building is slightly conical in the shaft and has a circular floor plan. The widened base area is set off from the masonry above with two bright rings. Two ogival windows are arranged above the historically designed entrance portal, above them a small round window in the center. The shaft ends at the top with a wreath of consoles . Above is the only moderately widened head of the tower, the casing of the container. This area is plastered and has been showing ship motifs by the painter Reimer Riediger since 1976. A flat conical roof forms the upper end of the structure.

The tower has a wrought iron Barkhausen water tank with a capacity of 200 m³. This container with a hemispherical container bottom no longer needs a support ring and therefore represents a step forward compared to the older designs such as loft containers or Intze containers.

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History of the water supply in Dietrichsdorf

After Georg Howaldt founded the shipyard at the mouth of the Schwentine in 1876, Dietrichsdorf changed from a farming village to a residential area for shipyard workers. The population rose from 284 in 1867 to 5136 in 1905. The town received a central water supply from a waterworks that was built in the Schwentine valley. From there the water was pumped into the water tower on the Moorberg.

After Neumühlen-Dietrichsdorf was incorporated into Kiel in 1924, the city took over the water supply facilities. The plants in Dietrichsdorf remained in operation until 1955. Today Dietrichsdorf is connected to the Kiel supply network. The four waterworks of Stadtwerke Kiel supply the city with almost 20 million cubic meters of water annually.

Further use of the tower

The tower is mostly empty, it is only used temporarily for exhibitions and other cultural events (status 2009).

See also


  • Jens U. Schmidt: Water towers in Schleswig-Holstein. History and stories about the water supply in the north and its most striking buildings. Regia-Verlag, Cottbus 2008, ISBN 978-3-939656-71-5 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The Toni Jensen School was previously a primary / secondary school and secondary school.

Coordinates: 54 ° 20 ′ 10.8 ″  N , 10 ° 11 ′ 33.1 ″  E